General Enquiries  

Postal Address: Center for Advanced Imaging,
Building 57,
Research Road,
University of Queensland,
St Lucia Qld 4072
Phone: +61 7 3346 9360
Fax: +61 7 3365 3833

Media Enquiries

Saba Salehi
Saba Salehi
Chief Operating Officer

Saba manages the strategic planning and implementation of operations at the National Imaging Facility (NIF) which includes development and implementation of a new structure plan for NIF network, strategic management of NIF finance and project development, and establishing new processes that underpin collaborations and partnerships with wider communities and improve the operations of the network.

She also leads the communication, stakeholder engagement, and marketing initiatives for the National Imaging Facility, to implement the Facility’s goals in strengthening research, increasing engagement with institutional and industrial partners. This includes the management and continuous assessment of promotions, marketing strategy development, and outreach engagement plans for NIF.

 

Contact Details
Postal Address: Centre for Advanced Imaging
Building 57,
The University of Queensland
Brisbane, Qld 4072
Phone Number: +61 7 3443 7831 Email: s.salehi@uq.edu.au

Office Holders

Prof Graham Galloway
Prof Graham Galloway
Chief Executive Officer

Prof Galloway is the Chief Executive Officer of the National Imaging Facility (NIF). He has been instrumental in establishing Imaging collaborative research infrastructure in Australia. In 2006, he led the collaborative team that developed the Investment plan for Imaging, within NCRIS (National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy). This plan was accepted by Department of Industry, Innovation and Science, with $7M Commonwealth funding, plus $10M state and institutional funding and Galloway was nominated by the Imaging Community as the Inaugural Chief Executive Officer of the National Imaging Facility. In this role he provides leadership to the NIF as it develops a strategic vision for imaging in Australia. Under his leadership, NIF was expanded, through a $40.2M project under Round 3 of the Education Investment Fund. With state and institutional funding, this is a $106M project. He has driven the recent proposals for ongoing operational support for NIF. He is passionate about providing open access to the imaging resources, and enabling effective use of those resources.

Graham’s research interests include the use of in vivo Magnetic Resonance to test the efficacy of pharmaceutical agents, novel applications for the use of Magnetic Resonance in physiological studies and material sciences, and in pushing the boundaries of the technology into new applications. His role in all projects is characterised by his multidisciplinary background, which ensures that he is able to draw together these apparently disparate threads.

Contact Details
Postal Address: Centre for Advanced Imaging
Building 57,
The University of Queensland
Brisbane, Qld 4072
Phone Number: +61 7 3443 7812 Email: g.galloway@uq.edu.au
Saba Salehi
Saba Salehi
Chief Operating Officer

Saba manages the strategic planning and implementation of operations at the National Imaging Facility (NIF) which includes development and implementation of a new structure plan for NIF network, strategic management of NIF finance and project development, and establishing new processes that underpin collaborations and partnerships with wider communities and improve the operations of the network.

She also leads the communication, stakeholder engagement, and marketing initiatives for the National Imaging Facility, to implement the Facility’s goals in strengthening research, increasing engagement with institutional and industrial partners. This includes the management and continuous assessment of promotions, marketing strategy development, and outreach engagement plans for NIF.

 

Contact Details
Postal Address: Centre for Advanced Imaging
Building 57,
The University of Queensland
Brisbane, Qld 4072
Phone Number: +61 7 3443 7831 Email: s.salehi@uq.edu.au
Veah Tapat
Veah Tapat
Administrative Officer

Veah provides administrative and financial support to the National Imaging Facility (NIF) team and contributes to the management of the project. She provides support to the NIF CEO and COO with the operational aspects of the NIF administrative functions and liaises and manages the network administrative functions, including the coordination of activities across the NIF nodes.

Veah assists in maintaining usage records and reporting statistics for all nodes and is responsible for the processing  and  administration of NIF  finances, in  liaison with  the CEO and COO, including the processing of corporate credit card payments, resources procurement, credit card and travel reconciliations, and other transactions in accordance with UQ policies and procedures.

Contact Details
Postal Address: Centre for Advanced Imaging
Building 57,
The University of Queensland
Brisbane, Qld 4072
Phone Number: +61 7 3443 7815 Email: v.tapat@uq.edu.au

Node Directors

Dr Tim Kuchel
Dr Tim Kuchel
Large Animal Research & Imaging Facility Node Node Director

Dr Tim Kuchel, is the director of the Preclinical, Imaging and Research Laboratories (PIRL) of the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI). It is PIRL which hosts the NIF funded Large Animal Research and Imaging Facility (LARIF). Dr. Kuchel has more than 30 years’ experience in animal research with a special interest in imaging modalities, experimental surgery and comparative anaesthesia. The capacity to provide or help develop Large Animal Models of human disease is the core business of LARIF and PIRL, and interactions with industry to add to existing translational medicine capacity are being actively pursued by the Dr. Kuchel and his team.

Contact Details
Postal Address: SAHMRI - Preclinical, Imaging and Research Laboratory
101 Blacks Road
Gilles Plains, South Australia 5086
Australia
Phone Number: +61 8 8161 5155 Email: tim.kuchel@sahmri.com Location: South Australia
Prof David Sampson
Prof David Sampson
University of Western Australia Node Node Director

Prof Sampson is the Director of the Centre for Microscopy, Characterisation & Analysis (CMCA), a core facility of The University of Western Australia, and heads the Optical+Biomedical Engineering Laboratory (OBEL) in the School of Electrical, Electronic & Computer Engineering. As well as the NIF WA node, he also directs the Western Australian node of the Australian Microscopy & Microanalysis Research Facility (AMMRF) and the Western Australian Centre for Microscopy.  He is a Fellow of the OSA – The Optical Society, a Fellow of SPIE – The International Society for Optics and Photonics, and a senior member of the Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers. Prof. Sampson’s research interests are in the science and applications of light in medicine and biology. A current focus of his research is the translation of microscopy techniques to imaging in the living body – medical microscopy. His group’s Microscope-in-a-Needle, targeting surgical and biopsy guidance, was a finalist in two Australian Museum Eureka Awards, won the SPIE Start-Up Challenge, the Canon Extreme Imaging Award and the WA Emerging Innovator of the Year. A second focus is on the development of optical elastography, the microscopic imaging of tissue stiffness for applications in medicine and cell biology.

Contact Details
Postal Address: CMCA
The University of Western Australia
M010, 35 Stirling Highway
Crawley, WA 6009
Australia
Phone Number: +61 8 6488 7112 Email: david.sampson@uwa.edu.au Location: Western Australia
Prof Susan Rossell
Prof Susan Rossell
Swinburne University of Technology Node Node Director

Prof Susan Rossell has over 15 years of experience in the application of neuroimaging techniques to the understanding of clinical disorders. She has expertise in Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Electroencephalography and Magnetoencephalography (MEG). Prof Rossell is the inaugural Principal of Neuroimaging at the brand-new state-of-the-art Neuroimaging Facilities at Swinburne University. These Facilities include, Siemens 3T MRI, Elekta Neuromag MEG, EEG laboratories, TMS laboratories and eye tracking facilities.

Contact Details
Postal Address: Brain & Psychological Sciences Research Centre (BPsyC)
Swinburne University of Technology
Burwood Rd
Hawthorn, Victoria 3800
Australia
Phone Number: +61 3 9214 8173 Email: srossell@groupwise.swin.edu.au Location: Victoria
Prof Gary Egan
Prof Gary Egan
Monash University Node Node Director & NIF Deputy Director of Operations

Professor Gary Egan is an NHMRC Principal Research Fellow and the Professor and Director of Monash Biomedical Imaging, a research platform that encompasses the biomedical imaging research facilities currently being established at Monash University. He is the Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Integrative Brain Function, and has published over 220 papers and over 350 abstracts in peer reviewed journals. He undertakes high resolution structural and functional brain mapping research and clinical neuroimaging research in Multiple Sclerosis and Huntington’s disease. He is also lead investigator of the Victorian Biomedical Imaging Capability and the Deputy Director of the Australian National Imaging Facility. For further information on Monash Biomedical Imaging (MBI) please refer to the MBI Research Platform brochure and MBI Overview.

Contact Details
Postal Address: Monash Biomedical Imaging (MBI)
Bldg 220, 770 Blackburn Rd
Monash University, Melbourne
Victoria 3800
Australia
Phone Number: +61 3 9905 0100 Email: manager.mbi@monash.edu Location: Victoria
Prof Roger Ordidge
Prof Roger Ordidge
University of Melbourne Node Node Director

Professor Ordidge is the Director of the Melbourne Brain Centre Imaging Unit (MBCIU), and also the Chair for Imaging Science in the Department of Anatomy and Neuroscience, at the University of Melbourne. Having held numerous senior research positions in both industry and academia, Prof Roger Ordidge is a pioneer in MRI technology. He has over 35 years of research expertise in the development and clinical application of Magnetic Resonance Imaging. Prof Ordidge and the University of Melbourne Node joined NIF in 2011, housing a Siemens combined PET/CT scanner, and a Siemens 7T Tesla whole body MRI (operational in 2014).

Contact Details
Postal Address: Kenneth Myer Building
30 Royal Parade
University of Melbourne
Parkville Vic 3010
Phone Number: +61 3 8344 1953 Email: roger.ordidge@unimelb.edu.au Location: Victoria
Prof Graeme Jackson
Prof Graeme Jackson
Florey Institute of Neuroscience & Mental Health Node Node Director

Professor Graeme Jackson is the Deputy Director of the Florey Neuroscience Institutes and Director of the Brain Research Institute, Australia. Graeme holds a number of other positions, both clinical and academic. He is a Professorial Fellow of the Department of Medicine, Austin Health, University of Melbourne. Professor Jackson’s major research achievement is his impact on the understanding of epilepsy. He is a world leader on the use of imaging technologies in neurological disease, and has combined these interests to advance the understanding of epilepsy and to identify lesions that allow surgical cure of epilepsy. He was awarded the National Health and Medical Research Council Excellence Award.

Contact Details
Postal Address: Melbourne Brain Centre
245 Burgundy Street
Heidelberg
Victoria 3084
Australia
Phone Number: +61 3 9035 7068 Email: gjackson@brain.org.au Location: Victoria
Prof William S. Price
Prof William S. Price
Western Sydney University Node Node Director

Prof Price is Professor of Nanotechnology and directs the Biomedical Magnetic Resonance Facility at UWS. He has more than 20 years experience in NMR. His research interests focus on the theoretical and practical development of NMR diffusion measurements and magnetic resonance imaging techniques for studying molecular association (e.g., drug binding and protein self-association) and molecular dynamics (including restricted diffusion in porous systems). He also has interests in the development and applications of MRI technology into areas such as studying freezing injury in plants.

Contact Details
Postal Address: Locked Bag 1797
Penrith South DC
New South Wales 1797
Australia
Phone Number: +61 2 4620 3336 Email: w.price@westernsydney.edu.au Location: New South Wales
Prof Gary Housley
Prof Gary Housley
University of New South Wales Node Deputy Node Director

Director, Translational Neuroscience Facility and Chair of Physiology, School of Medical Sciences, Chair of the Biomedical Research Advisory Group, Faculty of Medicine.  The Translational Neuroscience Facility (TNF) was established in the School of Medical Sciences as a research core with advanced electrophysiology, biophotonics and gene delivery platforms to support research and graduate training in brain sciences addressing neurological disorders.  The TNF supports intravital multi-photon physiological imaging and integrates with complementary animal imaging modalities of the UNSW Animal Imaging Facility (part of the UNSW NIF node).

Contact Details
Postal Address: Translational Neuroscience Facility
School of Medical Sciences
The University of New South Wales
UNSW Sydney, NSW 2052
Australia
Phone Number: +61 2 9385 1057 Email: g.housley@unsw.edu.au Location: New South Wales
Prof Caroline (Lindy) Rae
Prof Caroline (Lindy) Rae
University of New South Wales Node Node Director

Caroline Rae is Professor of Brain Sciences at UNSW and has a background in biochemistry, magnetic resonance technologies and interdisciplinary brain research. Her research spans basic and clinical brain research with the overall aim of discovering how brain biochemistry underlies brain function. She has 20 years of experience in NMR and 15 years of experience in MR applications in vivo.

Contact Details
Postal Address: Neuroscience Research Australia
Barker Street
Randwick, NSW 2031
Australia
Phone Number: +61 2 9399 1211 Email: c.rae@neura.edu.au Location: New South Wales
Prof Steven Meikle
Prof Steven Meikle
University of Sydney/ANSTO Node Node Director

Steven Meikle is Professor of Medical Imaging Physics in the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Sydney and Co-Director of the Ramaciotti Imaging Centre at the Brain and Mind Research Institute. He received his Applied Physics degree (Hons 1 and Medal) from the University of Technology, Sydney in 1988 and his Ph.D. from the University of NSW in 1995. His research interests are quantitative emission computed tomography and small animal molecular imaging. He has published 7 book chapters and 183 research articles which have attracted 4,000 citations. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Physics, a Senior Member of the IEEE and an Editorial Board member of the journal Physics in Medicine and Biology. He is also a member of the Australian Research Council College of Experts.

Contact Details
Postal Address: Faculty of Health Sciences - Physics and Biomodelling
University of Sydney
Sydney, NSW 2006
Australia
Phone Number: +61 2 9351 0847 Email: steven.meikle@sydney.edu.au Location: New South Wales
Prof Ian Brereton
Prof Ian Brereton
University of Queensland Node Node Director

Professor Ian Brereton has over 30 years experience in the application of Nuclear Magnetic Resonance to the chemical and biomedical sciences. His current research activities have a common aim of developing methods for the improved understanding of the molecular basis of biological function and disease, and informing the development of new diagnostic imaging technologies and approaches to therapy. The research is primarily based upon magnetic resonance spectroscopy and imaging methods and is applied across a breadth of scale, from molecular structure and function of important biomolecules and the metabolic profiling of living systems to targeted imaging agents and biomarkers for detection of disease and disorders.Prof Brereton is the inaugural Director of the Queensland NMR Network established to provide state-of-the-art, high field nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) facilities, including a 900 MHz high-resolution spectrometer and a 700 MHz microimaging facility. Prof Brereton has interest and experience in commercialisation of research and was a co-founding director of a spin off company that manufactured MR imaging hardware.

Contact Details
Postal Address: Centre for Advanced Imaging
Building 57,
University of Queensland
St Lucia, Qld 4072
Australia
Phone Number: +61 7 3365 4245 Email: ian.brereton@cai.uq.edu.au Location: Queensland

Facility Fellows

Dr Tim Stait-Gardner
Dr Tim Stait-Gardner
Western Sydney University Node Facility Fellow

Dr Stait-Gardner is the Facility Fellow at the UWS node of the NIF where he oversees external use of the 11.7T MRI located at UWS’s Campbelltown campus. He also conducts his own research in NMR diffusometry which includes theoretical simulation and pulse sequence design and is interested in speeding up diffusion measurements significantly while still retaining other information such as chemical shifts. Such fast diffusion sequences will not only allow for much more efficient use of NMR spectrometers but will also extend the application of diffusion measurements into previously inaccessible time domains.      

Contact Details
Postal Address: Locked Bag 1797
Penrith South DC
New South Wales 1797
Australia
Phone Number: +61 2 4620 3216 Email: t.stait-gardner@westernsydney.edu.au Location: New South Wales
Dr Michael Green
Dr Michael Green
University of New South Wales Node Facility Fellow

My role is to assist researchers using our 3T MRI system in terms of infrastructure, analysis and imaging procedures. My own interests in MR diffusion imaging and analysis as well as human brain MR Elastography imaging; an imaging sequence which examines the in-vivo viscoelastic nature of the brain as a potential indicator for brain disease.

Contact Details
Postal Address: Neuroscience Research Australia
Barker Street
Randwick, NSW 2031
Australia
Phone Number: +61 2 9399 1086 Email: m.green@neura.edu.au Location: New South Wales
Dr Tzong-Tyng Hung
Dr Tzong-Tyng Hung
University of New South Wales Node Facility Fellow

Biological Resources Imaging Laboratory (BRIL) is a facility with multimodal small animal imaging capabilities. The instruments include bioluminescence and fluroescence imaging, ultrasound and endoscopy. BRIL also houses a micro PET/CT and small animal 9.4T MRI. Dr Hung assists researchers in the planning, imaging procedures and analysis of imaging data. He is experienced in the development of preclinical murine cancer models and his research involves the use of multimodal small animal imaging for the monitoring, detection and analysis of prostate cancer bone metastasis.

Contact Details
Postal Address: Biological Resources Imaging Laboratory (BRIL)
Level 4, Lowy Cancer Research Centre
University of New South Wales
Kensington, NSW 2052
Australia
Phone Number: +61 2 9385 9360 Email: t.hung@unsw.edu.au Location: New South Wales
Dr Andre Bongers
Dr Andre Bongers
University of New South Wales Node Facility Fellow

Dr Bongers is a Facility Fellow who manages the flagship pre-clinical 9.4T MRI that is hosted by the Biomedical Resources & Imaging Laboratory, University of New South Wales. Having obtained his PhD in 2004 in the field of Oxygen Level Dependent MRI, Dr Bongers brings 13+ years of experience in MRI methodology and application development into BRIL and NIF. With an impressive professional profile in both industry and academia, Andre focuses his research on the development of novel MRI methods for physiological and metabolic imaging in pre-clinical and clinical research.  His current fields of interest include diffusion imaging using oscillating gradients, quantitative susceptibility mapping and chemical exchange transfer imaging and spectroscopy.

Contact Details
Postal Address: Mark Wainwright Analytical Centre
Biological Resources Imaging Lab
University of New South Wales
Sydney NSW 2052
Australia
Phone Number: +61 451 015 799 Email: andre.bongers@unsw.edu.au Location: New South Wales
Dr Mitra Safavi-Naeini
Dr Mitra Safavi-Naeini
University of Sydney/ANSTO Node Facility Fellow

Dr. Mitra Safavi-Naeini is the imaging quantification research leader at ANSTO. Before joining ANSTO in 2016, she completed her PhD in design and development of a prototype high resolution SiPM-based PET system for preclinical imaging at the university of Wollongong, followed by an NHMRC postdoctoral fellowship in the design and development of an in-body source tracking system for use in brachytherapy. Her current research interests include ultra high resolution positron emission tomography systems, Monte Carlo simulations of PET and related systems, advanced image reconstruction, quantification and optimisation techniques for tracer kinetic modelling and heavy ion therapy dose mapping.

Contact Details
Postal Address: Bld 1 Rm 0015, Lucas Heights Campus
Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation
Phone Number: +61 2 9717 3143 Email: mitras@ansto.gov.au Location: New South Wales
Mr Raj Perumal
Mr Raj Perumal
Large Animal Research & Imaging Facility Node Facility Fellow

Raj Perumal has considerable experience in clinical diagnostic imaging and PACS administration. He holds an honours degree in Medical Imaging from the University of Teesside in the United Kingdom. As a human radiographer, he is responsible for the delivery of a high quality imaging service in large animal preclinical research and human diagnostics by providing expertise in a range of imaging modalities, primarily 3TMR, 16-slice CT, X-ray and flat detector C-Arm for projects run at SAHMRI. His role is to assist with setting up imaging protocols, planning, executing, analyzing and interpreting findings.

Contact Details
Postal Address: Preclinical, Imaging and Research Laboratories (PIRL)
101 Blacks Road
Gilles Plains
SA 5086
Phone Number: +61 8 8128 4626 Email: raj.perumal@sahmri.com Location: South Australia
Dr Marianne Keller
Dr Marianne Keller
Large Animal Research & Imaging Facility Node Facility Fellow

Dr. Marianne Keller has a degree in veterinary science (FU Berlin) and a PhD from the University of Queensland on MRI applications in toxicological research. She has a strong MR-imaging background and has worked on a range of research projects, including brain mapping, tractography and molecular imaging. She was the first to publish a 1H-NMR metabonomics, as well as a MR micro-imaging study of the equine hoof in a veterinarian journal. Her major focus is to facilitate research using the NIF flagship 3 T MR scanner helping with experimental design, setting up imaging protocols and post processing for this and other modalities. In North Terrace, she is supporting researchers at the new rodent imaging facility with BRUKER Albira PET/SPECT, BRUKER SkyScan micro CT, Bruker 1 T Icon and an IVIS Spectrum for bioluminescence and fluorescence.

Contact Details
Postal Address: Preclinical, Imaging and Research Laboratories (PIRL)
101 Blacks Road
Gilles Plains
SA 5086
Phone Number: +61 8 8128 4629 Email: marianne.keller@sahmri.com Location: South Australia
Dr Kirk W Feindel
Dr Kirk W Feindel
University of Western Australia Node Facility Fellow

Dr Feindel is overseeing the operation and development of research projects on the Bruker 9.4 T BioSpec at the Centre for Microscopy, Characterisation and Analysis (CMCA).  He has a diverse MR background with experience in preclinical, human and materials imaging, rheo-NMR, and solid-state NMR spectroscopy.  At CMCA the BioSpec is used by a plethora of researchers with applications including marine science, engineering, and biomedical research.  Dr Feindel’s research interests focus on the identification and understanding of pathology-specific MR contrasts for translation to clinical diagnostics.

Contact Details
Postal Address: Centre for Microscopy, Characterisation & Analysis (M010)
The University of Western Australia
35 Stirling Highway
Crawley WA 6009
Phone Number: +61 8 6151 1001 Email: kirk.feindel@uwa.edu.au Location: Western Australia
Ms Diana Engineer
Ms Diana Engineer
University of Western Australia Node Facility Fellow

Diana Engineer is currently working as a Research Officer at the Centre for Microscopy, Characterisation and Analysis (CMCA) at the University of Western Australia. She is involved in providing user trainings and support to CMCA’s Bioimaging facility which supports interdisciplinary and multi- modal imaging of small animals using X-ray CT, MRI, Optical multispectral imaging and Bioluminescence Imaging. She assists users with data collection, reconstruction, analysis and visualisation.

Contact Details
Postal Address: Centre for Microscopy, Characterization and Analysis
Level 3, Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research
The University of Western Australia
Perth WA 6009
Phone Number: +61 8 6151 1003 Email: diana.engineer@uwa.edu.au Location: Western Australia
Assoc. Prof. Brad Moffat
Assoc. Prof. Brad Moffat
University of Melbourne Node Facility Fellow

Assoc. Prof. Moffat is a medical imaging physicist and chemist with 19 years’ research experience in the Biomedical Imaging fields of MRI and Molecular Imaging.  Since graduating from his PhD in 2001 he has made an excellent contribution to this field.  He is currently deputy director of the Melbourne Brain Imaging Capability, The University of Melbourne node of the National Imaging Facility. He has specific expertise in quantitative Ultra High Field (7 Tesla) MR imaging of human subjects and Molecular Imaging biomarker research, development and clinical translation (Royal Melbourne Hospital 2007-14). He has published significant journal articles on fMRI, diffusion MRI, functional diffusion mapping, MR perfusion, MRS, voxel based morphometry, PET and nano-theranostics.

Contact Details
Postal Address: Melbourne Biomedical Imaging Capability (MBIC)
Department of Anatomy and Neuroscience
MDHS
The University of Melbourne
Phone Number: +61 3 8344 1737 Email: bmoffat@unimelb.edu.au Location: Victoria
Mr Rob Williams
Mr Rob Williams
University of Melbourne Node Facility Fellows

Rob Williams develops new methods, liaises with potential users and develops numerous PET/CT projects from scratch, some of which have resulted in high level funding for the entire research community. He has continued to expand on developing the infrastructure, maintaining the procedure manuals, maintaining advanced life support qualifications and equipment, written complex database programs with multicenter access, and has performed the IT administration role of the imaging process servers, performed radiation audits, developed and performed advanced quality control, and assisted with symposia and multiple presentations. He coordinates all services and organizational entities related to successful operation of the Unit, including the building and maintenance of relationships and ongoing interface with hospitals and universities, contractors, volunteers and students and benefactors. The Unit has significant influence in the terms of its technological capacity, investment and relevance to the identification of research leading to the development of longer term therapeutic treatment of diseases such as Alzheimer’s. He has also engaged with researchers to develop new methodologies and prepare publications such as a blood pool imaging system or CT averaging for detailed images of objects or quantification methods of amyloid imaging using enhanced reconstruction methods.

Contact Details
Postal Address: Kenneth Myer Building
30 Royal Parade
University of Melbourne
Parkville Vic 3010
Phone Number: +61 3 9035 8217 Email: williams.r@unimelb.edu.au Location: Victoria
Ms Shawna Farquharson
Ms Shawna Farquharson
Florey Institute of Neuroscience & Mental Health Node Facility Fellow

Shawna Farquharson is the Chief Radiographer at The Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, Austin campus. In her current role she is responsible for the delivery of research 3T & 7T MR based imaging, particularly functional MRI, EEG-fMRI, Spectroscopy, perfusion MRI and diffusion MRI for researchers within the Australian neuroscience community. Shawna was first given an opportunity to work in MRI whilst working as a senior radiographer at Great Ormond Street Hospital, London in 1997. Throughout her career, she has supported her diverse clinical expertise with continued postgraduate education. In 2001, she completed the Oxford MRI course at John Radcliffe Hospital, UK. In 2004, she gained the Australian Institute of Radiography Certificate of MRI Accreditation. In 2007, she completed a Masters of Health Science at the University of Sydney, Australia and is currently undertaking her PhD part-time through Monash University, Melbourne, Australia.

Contact Details
Postal Address: Melbourne Brain Centre - Austin Campus
245 Burgundy Street
Heidelberg, VIC 3084
Phone Number: +61 3 9035 7000 Email: s.farquharson@brain.org.au Location: Victoria
Dr Michael De Veer
Dr Michael De Veer
Monash University Node Facility Fellow

Dr de Veer obtained his PhD in Biochemistry at Monash University and has extensive post-doctoral experience in signaling pathways, linking tracers and mapping cell migration and immune modulation within the lymphatic system. A large portion of his research is conducted with industry partners and he understands the interface between academic and translational research. He is currently leading the pre-clinical imaging team at Monash Biomedical Imaging and brings extensive experience with the large animal and rodent models that our users want to image. His own imaging research is aimed at developing MR and PET-MR imaging agents to delineate the lymphatic system in pre-clinical models of oedema and disease. He is an advocate for the benefits and impact of incorporating multi-modal imaging into projects to produce excellent research outcomes. A large part of his role is to facilitate industry engagement with the facility and drive translational research.

Contact Details
Postal Address: Monash University
Building 220, Clayton Campus
770 Blackburn Rd,
Clayton VIC 3168
Phone Number: +61 3 9902 9783 Email: michael.deveer@monash.edu Location: Victoria
Dr Will Woods
Dr Will Woods
Swinburne University of Technology Node Facility Fellow

Dr Will Woods received his degree in Applied Mathematics in 1991 and his Ph.D. in 1995 in Chemical Engineering, both from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, UK. From 1995 to 1997 he held a EU/JSPS Fellowship in the Department of Applied Mathematics at Kyoto University, Japan. He then worked on applications of minimal realisations of bilinear models to networks of neurons in the Department of Physiology in Newcastle upon Tyne, before moving to the University of York, UK in 2004 to facilitate the set up and management of only the second MEG lab in the UK. Since 2010 he has held the position of Senior Lecturer in Imaging at Swinburne University, Melbourne. His main research interests are applications of graph theoretic methods to neuroimaging data and inverse problems in MEG. 

Contact Details
Postal Address: Brain & Psychological Sciences Research Centre
Swinburne University of Technology
PO Box 218
Hawthorne, Vic 3122
Phone Number: +61 3 9214 5946 Email: wwoods@swin.edu.au Location: Victoria
Dr Matthew Hughes
Dr Matthew Hughes
Swinburne University of Technology Node Facility Fellows

Dr Matthew Hughes supports users on the 3T MRI. Dr Hughes was employed by Swinburne University to provide this role. He has provided support for a number of projects within Swinburne as well as recently a subsidised access application.

Contact Details
Postal Address: Brain & Psychological Sciences Research Centre (BPsyC)
Swinburne University of Technology
Burwood Rd
Hawthorn, Victoria 3800
Phone Number: +61 3 9214 8674 Email: matthewhughes@swin.edu.au Location: Victoria
Dr Steffen Bollmann
Dr Steffen Bollmann
University of Queensland Node Facility Fellow

Dr Steffen Bollmann is a post doctoral research fellow at the Centre for Advanced Imaging, UQ. He obtained a bachelor’s degree in science / biomedical engineering at the Ilmenau University of Technology, followed by a Masters degree in biomedical engineering & bioelectromagnetism. Following this, Steffen completed a PhD investigating multimodal imaging in ADHD children, adolescents and adults at the Neuroscience Centre Zurich and the Centre for MR-research, University Children’s Hospital Zurich. Steffen joined the Centre for Advanced Imaging, University of Queensland, in October 2014, where he is applying his expertise in multimodal imaging in the group of A/Prof. Markus Barth combining high resolution quantitative imaging (susceptibility, T1, T2*), functional MRI (fMRI), and electroencephalography (EEG) with the goal to understand the relationship between functional networks and to work towards identifying early biomarkers for neurodegenerative diseases. Exploiting the high signal levels of ultra-high field 7 Tesla MRI he aims to investigate and quantify disease processes on a single subject level.

Contact Details
Postal Address: Centre for Advanced Imaging
Building 57
University of Queensland
St Lucia, Qld 4072
Phone Number: steffen.bollmann@cai.uq.edu.au Email: +61 7 3346 0360 Location: Queensland
Dr Karine Mardon
Dr Karine Mardon
University of Queensland Node Facility Fellow

Dr Karine Mardon obtained her PhD in radiopharmacology from University Paris XII in 1994; she then moved to Australia to pursue postdoctoral studies at ANSTO in the Radiopharmaceutical Division and worked there for 5 years in the development and characterisation of radiopharmaceuticals for SPECT and PET. She has extensive experience in in vitro and in vivo preclinical research particularly in the evaluation of drugs developed for the study of movement disorders as well as in the evaluation of radiolabelled peripheral benzodiazepine receptor ligands as markers of neurodegeneration and tumour occurence. She moved to Brisbane in 2000 and joined the University of Queensland where she gained valuable experience working in the field of preclinical drug development in the ADME division of TetraQ. She joined the Centre for Advanced Imaging in October, 2010 as NIF Facility Fellow for preclinical PET/CT.

Contact Details
Postal Address: Centre for Advanced Imaging
Building 57
University of Queensland
St Lucia, Qld 4072
Phone Number: +61 7 3346 9068 Email: k.mardon@uq.edu.au Location: Queensland
Dr Gary Cowin
Dr Gary Cowin
University of Queensland Node Facility Fellow

Dr Cowin develops new MR based projects on Bruker (9.4T large animal, 16.4T small animal micro-imaging system and 7T ClinScan systems) and Siemens human MRI systems (1.5T and 3T clinical and 7T research systems) for Human and Animal studies. He is also developing simultaneous PET and MRI imaging on the world’s first commercial prototype of a preclinical combined PET/MRI system. He has extensive experience investigating fat localisation and mobilisation, extending image resolution on ultra-high field Animal (16.4T) and Human (7T) MRI systems, prostate, liver and spinal cord research including spectroscopy, diffusion and anatomical imaging. Dr Cowin is experienced in various aspects of MRI QA, including effects of gradient non-linearity on image quality. He is developing hyperpolarised gas lung imaging in both human and animals, obtaining the first Helium images in Australia.

Contact Details
Postal Address: Centre for Advanced Imaging
Building 57
University of Queensland
St Lucia, Qld 4072
Phone Number: +61 7 3365 8378 Email: gary.cowin@cai.uq.edu.au Location: Queensland

Informatics Fellows

Dr Andrew Janke
Dr Andrew Janke
University of Queensland Node Informatics Fellow

Dr Andrew Janke is the Facility Fellow for Informatics at the Queensland Node of NIF. He has a background in MRI image analysis via supercomputing and MRI imaging research. His current research interests and responsibilities include: Integration of the NIF with the ANDS, (Australian National Data Service), databasing and atlasing of large cohorts (n = 10,000+), Distributed HPC in neuro-informatics, normative human brain ageing and automated analysis and quality control in neuro-informatics.

Contact Details
Postal Address: Centre for Advanced Imaging
Building 57
University of Queensland
St Lucia, Qld 4072
Phone Number: +61 7 3365 3392 Email: andrew.janke@uq.edu.au Location: Queensland
Dr Andrew Mehnert
Dr Andrew Mehnert
University of Western Australia Node Informatics Fellow

Dr Andrew Mehnert is Senior Lecturer in Data Management, Analysis and Visualisation at the Centre for Microscopy, Characterisation and Analysis (CMCA) at the University of Western Australia (UWA). His position is jointly funded by NIF and the Australian Microscopy & Microanalysis Research Facility (AMMRF). He provides informatics support (data management, analysis and visualisation) to, and collaborates with, CMCA researchers across various disciplines and microscopy and imaging techniques. Andrew’s research interests focus on the development of image analysis methods for biomedical imaging applications involving MRI, CT and optical microscopy. Such methods include visualisation, denoising, spatial co-registration, segmentation, parametric modelling of contrast enhancement (DCE-MRI), computational diffusion MRI and classification (feature extraction, feature selection and classifier design, training and validation).

Contact Details
Postal Address: Centre for Microscopy, Characterisation and Analysis (M010)
The University of Western Australia
35 Stirling Highway
Crawley WA 6009
Phone Number: +61 8 6151 1007 Email: andrew.mehnert@uwa.edu.au Location: Western Australia
Assoc. Prof. David Abbott
Assoc. Prof. David Abbott
Florey Institute of Neuroscience & Mental Health Node Informatics Fellow

Associate Professor David Abbott is a physicist-neuroscientist with over twenty years’ experience in neuroimaging informatics. He heads the Neuroinformatics Laboratory established in the Epilepsy and Imaging Divisions of the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health. David develops enhanced national informatics capability in the processing, analysis and interpretation of neuroimaging data. Scope includes research, development, implementation and application of advanced analysis procedures; automated processing pipelines; image data management; policy development and education. David’s research has largely focussed on clinically relevant advances in human brain mapping. This includes pioneering work in electronic medical image distribution and neuroimaging methodology including structural and functional MRI analysis and simultaneous EEG/fMRI. David has authored over 100 cited publications in well-regarded international journals, with a cumulative citation count exceeding 5,000 according to Google Scholar. Portions of his research work are also embodied in publicly released software, including iBrain and the iBrain Analysis Toolbox for SPM (for image processing, analysis and visualisation), and SOCK (for fully automated noise classification and filtering of fMRI data).

Contact Details
Postal Address: Melbourne Brain Centre - Austin Campus
245 Burgundy Street
Heidelberg, VIC 3084
Phone Number: +61 3 9035 7025 Email: david.abbott@florey.edu.au Location: Victoria

Platform Technology Officers

Dr Gary Perkins
Dr Gary Perkins
University of Sydney/ANSTO Node Platform Technology Officer

Gary Perkins is ANSTO’s Radiochemistry Development Platform Coordinator and the National Imaging Facility Fellow at the University of Sydney/ANSTO node.

Gary started at ANSTO in 2008 looking at the development of several treatment and diagnosis based drugs such as 195mPt-cisplatium. In 2010 Gary travelled to South Africa to conduct a technology transfer which resulted in a Phase Zero Clinical trial of 195mPt-cisplatium. Since then Gary has continued in the radiochemistry field investigating new production methods for new and known radiotracers particularly focused of 18F and 11C. He is currently the lead production person at ANSTO with skills in vessel-based and microfluidic automated systems.

Not just focused on traditional uses of 11C Gary is also interested in new uses such as monitoring the effect of greenhouse gases (carbon dioxide) in plants. Gary manages a Physical Containment Level 2 Plant Facility at ANSTO which aims to investigate the interactions between plants (potentially genetically modified) and environmental gases.

Along with this he also has skills in custom irradiations using the IBA 18MeV cyclotron, including maintenance of specific components such as targets and ion sources.

Gary also leads RADSET (Research and Development of Scientific Equipment Team), which looks at building unique automated solutions to significant problems in the radiochemistry field. As part of this team Gary offers skills in 3D and engineering modelling, software and electronic developments. In 2017 the team’s automated cleaning system gained international recognition with Synthra CEO commenting that ANSTO showed the clear “advantages of an automated cleaning system”.

Gary’s main interests now lie in the development of new automated systems that can improve consistency and reduce operator dose throughout the whole radiochemistry cycle.

 

 

 

Contact Details
Postal Address: ANSTO Life Sciences
Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation
Phone Number: +61 2 9717 7632 Email: gpe@ansto.gov.au Location: New South Wales

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